Mercy is not getting what you DO deserve: If I do 35mph in a 30mph limit, and get caught – if the policeman warns me and lets me off, what I got is mercy!
Grace is much more than that, it is getting what I DON’T deserve. For example, if the policeman lets me of and then offers to fill up my tank free, then that would be grace!
Under the law you got mercy (the forgiveness of the penalty of your sin) but not grace. Under the New Covenant we get both:
You are forgiven all your sins (mercy) and then you receive the abundance of (grace) and the gift of righteousness so you can reign in life. Romans 5:17
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